Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Pope meets with 'VatiLeaks' investigators


(ANSA) - Vatican City, July 27 - Pope Benedict XVI on
Thursday met with cardinals and Vatican magistrates
investigating the leaking of confidential Church documents, the
Holy See said on Friday.
The pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested in May
after being found in possession of confidential documents.
"Benedict thanked them for the information received and
invited the Vatican magistrates to continue working with
diligence," said Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.
The magistrates are set to complete their probe by August 6
or 7, added Lombardi, at which point the butler will either be
sent to trial or cleared.
Gabriele, who is now under house arrest, is suspected of
aggravated theft.
Vatican experts have speculated that he is a pawn of a
power struggle between cardinals.
Rome-based daily La Repubblica on Monday said that one
of Benedict's housekeepers and two prelates were under
investigation for playing a role in the leaks, however the
Church was quick to deny it.
"(Three people may have been questioned)," said Lombardi,
"but this says nothing about suspicion of responsibility and
After Gabriele was released Saturday following two months
in custody, his lawyer said he had acted alone and was not
part of a group of plotters.
The affair of the leaked documents, which the Italian press
have dubbed 'VatiLeaks', included letters to the pope and
Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone from the Holy See's
ambassador in Washington, Carlo Maria Vigano, who was deputy
governor of Vatican City at the time they were written.
The letters contained allegations of corruption in the
management of Vatican City.
The papal butler Gabriele is the only person to have
been arrested in the case.

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